SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The shortened 2014 recreational red snapper season came to an end on Monday in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in Biloxi is still seeking data, on a volunteer basis, from anglers in Mississippi who participated in the season that ran from June 1 through June 9.
"DMR began its voluntary red snapper reporting program this year, and we are pleased with the response from recreational fishermen," said Melissa Scallan of the DMR. "So far, we have received about 60 reports and are expecting more to come in. We encourage fishermen to go to dmr.ms.gov to answer a few questions about their red snapper catch. We will compile this information and present it to the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council to help improve the management of the red snapper fishery."
According to the DMR website, only one report is required for each trip with captains being asked a series of questions.
That includes the vessel owner/captain's name, vessel owner/captain's email, vessel registration number, date of trip, number of anglers, duration of trip (hours), number of red snapper landed and public or private access (public or private marina or dock).
The vessel captain should report the catch so that only one report is filed for each trip. A report should be filed for each trip that targets red snapper, even if no snapper were landed.